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Kurohime

The most powerful witch of all time. Well-known for her power, beauty and cruelty, she disappeared years before the start of the story, in the middle of a quest to meet the challenge of the gods and become a god herself. The last time anyone saw her was when she rescued a young boy named Zero from bandits, ten years before the start of the story.

Her real goal was to become a god and kill the rest of them, due to their cruelty and callousness towards humans, with the incidental effect of making herself a villain so that humans would stop fighting to become gods themselves. Her disappearance is the result of her deification by the gods.

  • Attack Reflector: The Black God Tree bound to her; its branches ward off offensive magic directed at her.
  • Beauty Mark: She has two, one under the outside corner of each eye. In keeping with the tragic life that this implies in most Japanese media, Kurohime has suffered immensely in her lifetime, growing up in a war-torn era, losing her parents to it, and enduring great physical and emotional anguish to achieve her goals, only to fail miserably at the end of her first life.
  • Boobs of Steel: Her bust size matches the ridiculous amount of magical power she has at hand.
  • Broken Bird: It's implied that she was significantly impacted by the wars to become a god, witnessing a large degree of bloodshed as she grew up and possibly being orphaned as a result of the fighting.
  • Dark Action Girl: By her own admission, she's "a witch right out of a fairy tale," and won't hesitate to get her hands dirty to kill her opponents.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: She's earned her bad reputation, but a lot of what she's done is focused on trying to free humanity from the yoke of the gods.
  • Death Seeker: She's more than happy to die for all she's done, after she's accomplished her mission. This is part of why Sword and Ouka gradually lose interest in taking revenge against her.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: Most of her outfits lean towards this, primarily through accessories.
  • Clothing Damage: In her fight against Ouka, she loses a good chunk of her outfit. It doesn't bother her a bit.
  • Godhood Seeker: Initially thought to be her goal. It's not, at least not in the way that people think it is, but it happens anyway.
  • The Gunslinger: Part and parcel of being a witch in this setting—any magic that isn't performed by the spirits is usually done through guns and magical bullets.
  • Hand Cannon: Senryuu, her magic gun of choice, does extreme damage even without normal bullets.
  • Handicapped Badass: While her arm she lost DID grow back after the battle, losing it didn't slow her down in the least.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: Her real personality is much more subdued and less cruel than appearances suggest. When her backstory is revealed by Shirohime, it becomes evident that while she was ruthless, she still had enough compassion for the very young and for people that suffered under war. Her later conversations with Ouka bear this out, as she demonstrates that she is perfectly aware of how cruel she is and how much she hates the fact that she is.
  • Hot Witch: She has repeatedly been called the most beautiful witch in the world.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: Fitting her cold, analytical personality, as well as her ruthless focus.
  • Instant Awesome: Just Add Dragons!: Most of her bullets take the forms of dragons.
  • Jerkass: She's arrogant, cold, and merciless, especially to her opponents.
  • Lady of Black Magic: She moves and dresses elegantly, and has an obscene amount of power to boot.
  • Lady of War: Onimaru described her best: "A flower which bloomed in the middle of the battlefield."
  • Meaningful Name: Black Princess, fitting her dark aesthetic and cold nature.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She dresses to accentuate her good looks 24-7-365.
  • Nay-Theist: She knows the gods exist, and is all too happy to remind them that they're not immortal.
  • Physical God: Became this 10 years before the start of the story, when her battle against the gods ends in failure. She's split in half, and her compassion and kindess are deified as Shirohime while the castoffs of her negative emotions are turned into Himeko.
  • Powered by a Forsaken Child: The Black God Tree bound to her. It feeds on the rage and hatred of the people she's killed; her guilt over taking their lives is her primary motivation to fight, and her refusal to stop fighting stems from that.
  • Rage Against the Heavens: She cites the gods' cruelty as the primary reason that she's fighting to become one—so that she can kill all of them.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Long and silver, easily going past her waist and nearly touching the ground.
  • She's Got Legs: Her legs are long, well-proportioned, and often shown off in her outfits.
  • Spy Catsuit: Her iconic outfit, a black body-stocking with heels and a number of red and silver decorations.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She towers over most men and women even when she's not in heels.
  • Stealth Mentor: To Ouka in the Past Arc, albeit indirectly—by taking Ouka along with her into her battles, Kurohime demonstrates to Ouka what will happen if Ouka lets her hatred for Kurohime consume her.
  • Stripperiffic: The outfit she initially attacks Ouka's father's castle in, which can be described, among other things, as "Battle-Geisha-Stripper". Includes Absolute Cleavage, Bare Your Midriff, Giant Poofy Sleeves, Giant Waist Ribbon, Kimono Fanservice, Showgirl Skirt, Sideboob, Underboobs, and Zettai Ryouiki.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means: She will do whatever it takes to free humanity from the gods, even if it means she's got to kill people and eat their souls in the process.
  • Zero-Approval Gambit: Develops her cold and cruel outward personality so that humanity would focus on her, rather than continuing the fight to attain godhood.

Himeko

The Hero of the story, a little girl who meets Zero while running away from bandits. She claims to be Kurohime, cursed by the gods into her current form and unable to feel love for others; when she feels love, she transforms into Kurohime, complete with immense magical power. While this is true, it's more accurate to say that she's actually the "leftovers" from the deification of Kurohime into Shirohime, namely all of Kurohime's hatred and rage directed at the gods.

  • Absolute Cleavage: Her second outfit as Kurohime, as well as a few others that she wears over the course of the manga, expose a good bit of her chest.
  • Action Girl: As she gains more power, she demonstrates a marked increase in self-reliance; by the end of the story, she's capable of fighting Yashahime almost toe-to-toe without her power as Kurohime.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: She's heartbroken that her abandonment of Zero in the Past Arc has resulted in him spurning her love. With a little help from Sword, Onimaru reminds her that that isn't important—if she cares about him, then she needs to save him, and that's all that matters.
  • Back from the Dead: Happens to her a few times. The first time is involuntary, as Kandata reverses time so that she can try to save Zero and Rei after Rei becomes a Death God. The second time, it's a side effect of Asura's scheme to complete the Ultimate Sword. The third and final time occurs after she commits suicide in Zero's arms, but she comes back as a walking Black God Tree skeleton until she's properly revived by Yamatohime.
  • Beauty Mark: Like Kurohime, she has two, one under the outside corner of each eye. Aside from being obvious proof that she really is Kurohime like she claims, they act as Foreshadowing for the many difficulties in her life, for the same reason as her previous existence as Kurohime—she falls in love with Zero and is only able to admit her love for him shortly before he dies, then loses most of her memories of him. She is later forced to kill one of her closest allies, realizes that she abandoned Zero twice at the loweest points of his life, and nearly dies for good trying to save Zero from the worst parts of himself.
  • Becoming the Mask: The original Kurohime was cruel and cold, but more compassionate than outward appearances suggested. Himeko, lacking all of the positive aspects of her original's personality, is (initially) exactly the person that the original Kurohime pretended to be.
  • Berserk Button: Do not mess with Zero, or even insult him. Even as the brattier, younger Himeko, she's more than capable of tearing you a new asshole for it.
  • Big Eater: She loves to eat, even as she grows older. Food is the quickest way to earn her good favor.
  • Black Magician Girl: Bratty and snide, much like the trope requires, but lacking the power to back it up initially. As she gets stronger, she resembles the trope much better.
  • Boyish Short Hair: In her first cursed form, in contrast to the long hair of her un-cursed self.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Her defining personality trait for the first arc of the manga; she's rude, demanding, and selfish.
  • Breast Expansion: As she regains more of her power, her bust size increases. Justified, because she's actually physically aging, too.
  • Came Back Strong: Yamatohime sacrifices her life to restore her to normal after her suicide via Sanzu River. Not only does this turn her back into Kurohime, but it purifies the Black God Tree into a White God Tree, allowing it to revive all the people whose souls she'd trapped in it.
  • Came Back Wrong: Her revival after her suicide mentioned above? She's basically a walking Black God Tree skeleton.
  • Character Development: Hints of it start to show up when Zero shoots himself to appease a couple of angry ghosts—she transforms into Kurohime, punches him in the face, and cries a little as she tells him off for needlessly harming himself (though she frames it as him needing her permission to die). Shortly after that, she realizes that she really and truly does love Zero, because he refused to abandon her even at her worst, which gives her the power to break the curse herself and dispel it for good. Zero's death in front of her very eyes only continues this, as it forces her to become self-reliant and actively seek her own way back into power to revive him. These events lead to her developing an upbeat, hotblooded, and kind personality that's the literal opposite of her Bratty Half-Pint behavior and markedly different from the original Kurohime's dour, reserved nature.
  • Cute Bruiser: When she finally gets enough of her powers back, she maintains a cuter and lighter personality than she did as Kurohime, but is no less capable of handing her enemies a beatdown if they get in her way, with her bare hands if need be via the Hulk Bullet.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: She suffers one to try and get Dark Zero back to normal, dissolving in the waters of the Sanzu in order to reach him.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Yamatohime's power purifies the Black God Tree and those absorbed within it, Himeko returnes to her form as Kurohime for good to permanently resurrect those souls, Zero returns to normal, and the human race lives to see a few more billion years. This comes at the expense of the planet, Yamatohime...and Yashahime. Win some, lose the rest.
  • Fusion Dance: Does this occasionally to avoid losing her last memory of Zero.
  • Guile Hero: Though she's definitely physically capable, she often uses misdirection and double bluffs with her bullets to get one over on her enemies.
  • Gun And Sword: As Kurohime, Himeko can wield the Black God Tree as a sword while also using Senryuu.
  • Healing Shiv: She has access to a healing bullet and often uses it in her battles.
  • The Hero: Though it starts as a secondary role, she moves to primary hero after Zero dies.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: Her eyes are this color, the same as her older, un-cursed form.
  • I Have Many Names: Aside from being called Himeko or Kurohime, she's also been called Hime, Himekojo, and Momohime.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Darkray, Yashahime, and Dark Zero have all done this to her to try and kill her, to little success.
  • Infinity +1 Sword: The Ultimate Sword, which retains Senryuu's gun functions in the form of a giant fuck-off laser in addition to being a huge laser sword that can cut through planets.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: With Onimaru and Sword's help, she realizes the situation with Zero stopped being about whether or not he returned her love a long time ago. What matters is that he gets turned back to normal.
  • Lack of Empathy: Having her ability to love cursed out of her and being the incarnation of one person's single-minded hatred for gods has completely screwed her up emotionally. Traveling with Zero eventually helps her regain it, and by the end of the manga she's become a kind and empathetic young woman.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: In the first arc, as a result of losing her ability to love, she can't recall just why she hates the gods. It doesn't help that she's only half of the original Kurohime, either; Shirohime appears to have kept all their original memories. Later on, Zero's death forms a psychological block on her full power, and the more times she has to fight with her full power as Kurohime, the more amnesia she inflicts on herself. This only gets worse when Dark Zero himself removes all but one of her memories.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: A metric-fuck-ton of it. She killed countless people in her quest to become a god, and the price was being cursed into a child's body and being stripped of her memories and half of her very personality on top of losing her ability to love. Worse yet, not long after fully realizing love, the man she loves sacrifices himself to protect her and he dies in front of her very eyes.
  • Love Epiphany: She has one near the end of the first arc when she realizes that no matter how badly she's treated him, Zero has always stood by her side to defend him, and that she's actually hurt by the idea of him falling in love with anyone else. Not only does she break the curse without needing Zero to do something self-sacrificing for her, she shares a First Kiss with him, while professsing her love for him.
  • Love Redeems: Re-discovering love ultimately made her a better person. Of course, love's path is never straight, and suffering also tends to bring out the Character Development.
  • Manipulative Bitch: She tends to play this heavily in the first arc, continually manipulating Zero into doing what she wants by playing on his feelings for her. Dark Zero calls on her this with regard to the Past Arc: he feels as if she used him primarily because she essentially abandoned him twice after getting him to fall in love with her.
  • Meaningful Name: Himeko means "young princess" or "child princess."
  • Nay-Theist: Though she doesn't quite remember what happened to get her cursed, Himeko still hates the gods with a passion. When she gets a chance to fight one in her un-cursed form, she beats him to death with her bare hands, laughing and grinning like a maniac. This is due to being the original Kurohime's personified hatred of gods.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Two major examples:
    • By attempting to support and protect both Zero and his brother Rei during the Past Arc, she inadvertently winds up causing the real Zero's death and breaks Rei's heart.
    • Her decision to avoid killing Asura to complete the Ultimate Sword results in her own death, forcing Seiryuu to rewind time to let Asura undo the mistake.
  • Plucky Girl: As she matures, she grows out of her bratty behavior and refuses to let anything keep her down for long.
  • Power at a Price: After killing Darkray and losing Zero, the only way for her to use her full power as Kurohime is to give up memories of Zero, since his death is a psychological block on her power. The longer she stays transformed, the more memories she loses.
  • The Power of Love: The only way to even temporarily break the curse, and what ultimately breaks it permanently at the climax of the first arc, when she fully accepts that she does love Zero. Also, she only agrees to help Asura if Princess Yamato resurrects Zero.
  • Shoot the Dog: Hime ultimately DOES end the world by using the Ultimate Sword to split it in half, with Yashahime still bound to it.
  • Sleep-Mode Size: Curses tend to do this to her since she wasn't as powerful as a child.
  • Small Girl, Big Gun: As the smallest Himeko, Senryuu's size as compared to her
  • Took a Level in Badass: The stronger her magic gets, the more capable she becomes of handling her own problems.

Zero

A good-hearted young man with fast hands and a strong sense of idealism and justice. Kurohime saved his life as a child, and he dedicated himself to fighting for justice afterwards; he meets Himeko being chased by Onimaru, and upon breaking her curse (temporarily) for the first time, he devotes himself to staying by her side.

He dies pushing Himeko out of the Sanzu River, breaking her heart and starting her on the road to becoming a better person. The goddess Yashahime resurrects him as the new Death God, Dark Zero, whereupon he reveals that he always had "a darkness in his heart". Himeko goes to the past to learn more about this darkness, and meets Zero and his older brother Rei. A series of events nearly leads to Rei becoming a Death God not once, but twice; during the second incident, Zero sacrifices his life to save Rei from this fate...which eventually reveals that the Zero Himeko knows is in fact Rei.

  • Badass Normal: Keeps abreast of Kurohime thanks to his incredibly itchy trigger fingers; he is capable of drawing and firing his four guns both rapidly and accruately.
  • Bishōnen: He has a slim figure and boyish good looks, especially after becoming the next Death God.
  • Dead Person Impersonation: Has been doing one of his younger brother Zero for the entirety of the manga, due to intense regret over how his own actions resulted in the real Zero's death.
  • Determinator: He will put it all on the line to protect Himeko. No matter what.
  • Driven to Suicide: Upon realizing that Himeko truly loves him, Zero tries to commit suicide, but being an immortal Death God puts a pretty big wrench into that plan.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: He lives, Hime lives, they manage to make it to a new planet so that the human race ultimately survives and some billion years later, they meet up again and fall in love a second time.
  • Floating Limbs:As the Death God, his hands detach from his body.
  • Gender Bender: Was reincarnated as a woman on the new planet many milion years after the end of the manga.
  • Guns Akimbo: Up to Eleven: He shoots four guns, not two, and does so rapidly. Even as a kid, he had this ability, and Rei, upon taking Zero's identity, develops this skill to a similar level.
  • The Gunslinger: An even better shot than Kurohime, considering that he can accurately aim and fire four guns nearly simultaneously.
  • Face–Heel Turn: When Yashahime transforms him into the Death God, he gains knowledge of the gods' life cycle and humans' part in it. He becomes so frustrated and disgusted over the fact that the same cruel humans that ruined his life also exist to help gods eat planets that he decides to destroy the world ahead of time.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Himeko's suicide to reach out to him him in chapter 79 makes him realize that she really did love him, and his anguish causes him to abandon his desire for vengeance and reject the Death God's power entirely.
  • Heroic BSoD: He began showing signs of it in chapter 76, as Himeko continues to fight to convince him that her love is sincere. It finally hits in 79 after she dies trying to convince him of his worth to her.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Makes one to get Himeko out of the Sanzu River, pushing her to shore as the waters boil him down to his skeleton. His past self makes another one to save his older brother Rei—except that as it turns out, since the Zero the readers know is actually Rei...
  • Hidden Depths: He harbors intense guilt and self-loathing over his part in the real Zero's death, and carried a permanent taint from nearly becoming a Death God as a child.
  • Iconic Item: His blue scarf, to the point that Himeko refuses to let it go until he revives as Dark Zero and steals it from her.
  • Justice Will Prevail: His primary motivation, to the degree of believing that guns are a tool of justice.
  • Kid with the Leash: Keeps the smallest Himeko from being an even bigger Jerkass.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: What he aspires to, and demonstrates pretty clearly. This is somewhat of a front, as his real personality is worn-down and self-loathing.
  • Likes Older Women: He makes no effort to hide that he sincerely loves Kurohime, far beyond just respecting her.
  • Love Hurts: Oh yes. All of his pain and suffering can be traced to either love of his family or love of Kurohime.
  • Love Redeems: After Himeko willingly commits suicide in his arms, he is able to believe in love again, and rejects the powers of the Death God entirely.
  • Meaningful Name: "Zero" can be written as "Rei" in Japanese, hinting at his true identity the moment Himeko meets them both in the Past Arc. This is the same logic that past!Kurohime uses to rename him when they meet.
  • Morality Pet: Post-mortem especially. Himeko's not a complete jerk anymore but she wouldn't do many things if not for his sake or to respect his memory.
  • My Hero, Zero: It's literally his name, and he's one of the central characters of the series, with talent belying his young age to match. This is Foreshadowing for his true identity: "Rei", his real name, also means "zero".
  • Nietzsche Wannabe: As Dark Zero, the new Death God, his primary focus is on the destruction of the entire world.
  • Precocious Crush: He fell for Kurohime as a child. It took a while, though—the real Zero cottoned to her immediately, but Rei, "our" Zero, was a major jerk to her for a while.
  • Pure Is Not Good: Himeko cites this as the reason Zero wants to end the world. He is a problem solver and an innocent, seeing the world in black and white. By his logic, if humans cause the world's strife and the world is going down in flames in some thousand years anyway, why not just cut out the middleman and put the world out of its misery now?
  • Red String of Fate: Zero believes in this. He thinks it's his embodied by his scarf, and he's so attached to it because Himeko gave it to him in the first place, even though he doesn't know she did until she admits that she was the Himekojo that he knew in the past.
  • Reincarnation Romance: Has one with Himeko in the last chapter of the manga, where he's reborn as a princess and she's reborn as a male gunslinger.
  • Satellite Love Interest: Lampshaded in comic by Himeko herself when she realizes that next to his being in love with her and her with him, she knows nothing about him.
  • Scarf Of Asskicking: He wears a long, blue-patterned one that tends to flutter around him as he does a lot of his gunslinging tricks. Even as the new Death God, he keeps a hold of it until the final chapters of the manga.
  • Take Over the World: Decides to do this as the new Death God. In an interesting parallel to the original Kurohime, the world-takeover part is more a side goal—he would honestly prefer to completely destroy it.
  • Troubled, but Cute: Considering that he's really Rei, his life has been a total shitshow—his mother was killed by the man that "adopted" him and his younger brother after the fact and physically abused him. Then, his mother sacrificed her soul to restore him to normal after that foster father attempted to use his Death God infection to his advantage. After that, his brother died to save his life from the Death God infection again, and the one person left that unconditionally loved him wound up abandoning him twice in short order, albeit against her will.
  • The Atoner: "Zero" took on his brother's name in order to make up for the part that his own anger and irresponsibility played in the real Zero's death.
  • The Reveal: He isn't "Zero" at all; that was the name of his younger brother. He's actually "Rei", Zero's older brother that is introduced in the Past Arc.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: He gives Himeko one for abandoning him in the past after losing everyone he loved.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Definitely lives, breathes, and owns the part. However, he was, at least on some level, doing it to honor the real Zero. Since becoming the nihilistic Grim Reaper hasn't dampened his belief in fated love, he may have it honestly.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: His emotional pain and anguish over his own life as well as the fate of the world at the hands of the gods is, as he admits to Yamatohime, the reason why he wants to destroy the world.
  • Yandere: As Dark Zero. Part of him loves Himeko to pieces. Another part of him wants to cut her into pieces. A lot. Occasionally, there is dissent.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: With a black tuft. That bit of black showing up in Rei's hair after the Death God is purged from Rei is the proof that "Zero" was Rei all along.

Asura

A fire spirit trying to rescue her master. Has contempt for gods and humans, though the former more than the latter.

  • Action Girl: Easily one of the better fighters on Team Kurohime despite her small size.
  • Because Destiny Says So: Her fate is to complete Yamato Senryuuto by sacrifing herself to it. She's not pleased with being born to die, but thanks to The Power of Friendship and her mother's apology, she comes to realize that she was the only one that assumed no one cared about her as more than a sacrifice.
  • Broken Bird: She was born as a substitute for Yamatohime's sacrifice, should it be needed, was raised being perfectly aware of this, and lived in a heat-proof cage for the majority of her childhood. Her own mother raised her coldly, unwilling to bond with a daughter that was meant to die. Needless to say, this did no favors for her feelings toward humanity.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Her opinion of humans raises over the course of the series, to the point she is willing to risk her life saving one. It did drop again for a short time, but she was able to reconcile her views once she got a hold of herself again.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: She convinces the Spirit Kings to send her consciousness back in time and takes the bullet that Himeko refused to shoot at her, completing the Ultimate Blade.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: According to her mother, the elder priestess of Asura's village, Asura is actually a human "blessed" with the power of Yamatohime. This is why she can serve as Yamatohime's sacrifice for the Yamato Senryuuto in Yamatohime's place.
  • Instant Awesome: Just Add Dragons!: Kurohime often turns her into a dragon for extra bite.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Much like her namesake, her true form has six arms.
  • Playing with Fire: In her true form, she can fling fire around, and actively burns hotly enough to scorch flesh.
  • Rapunzel Hair: It's almost the same length as Kurohime's, reaching nearly to the ground, but bound up with multiple golden rings at the end.
  • Sacrificial Lion: For Yamatohime, to complete the Ultimate Sword. And it takes her a while to stop being bitter about it.
  • The Lancer: Her eventual role in Himeko's group, acting as the more cynical, sharper foil to Himeko's optimism.
  • Unstoppable Rage: After Taking the Bullet for an innocent little girl named Sara, her resentment towards her own fate and humanity drive her into a berserk state where she attacks friend and foe indiscriminately.
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    Onimaru Brigade 

Onimaru

The former leader of the Onimaru Brigade and Kurohime's former second-in-command. At some point, he was betrayed by her, and branded with the kanji for "dog" on his back; he swore vengeance on her shortly afterward, but despite his grievances with her, he's still unable to resist her beauty. Sword attempted to turn him into a snake minion to kill Kurohime, but his willpower enabled him to resist the change, causing him to turn into Tsucchi, a small, mute, lizard-like...thing that accompanies Himeko for most of the rest of the manga.

  • Big Damn Heroes: All his time spent off screen after the Past Arc was him helping Kandata find people for the Sea Dragon ark.
  • Butt-Monkey: Amusing things happen to Onimaru. Often. This includes getting branded by Kurohime, getting beat up by Himeko, getting turned into Tsucchi, and generally finding himself in a whole lot of trouble.
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: He took the credit for defeating a powerful member of the dangerous Mate Clan and destroying the fearsome Lion Castle 10 years before the start of the story. However, it turns out that Himeko and the Kurohime Punishment Squad were the real heroes, he just unintentionally cribbed their credit.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: He does this for Himeko in Chapter 78 after Sword changes him back into his true form, telling her to stop despairing about Zero and fight to save him instead.
  • Heroic Willpower: Resists becoming a snake thanks to this, but turns into a weird mini snake thing instead.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Though it takes him a while, he eventually lets go of his remaining resentment toward Himeko, and cedes her to Zero, encouraging her to save Zero from himself as proof of her love for him.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Though he can be rough-mannered and brash, he always looks out for his men, and his experiences traveling with Himeko as Tsucchi soften him some more. He eventually becomes one of her biggest supporters as a result of seeing her growth from the woman that abandoned him.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: He wanted to be a god so he could peep at girls.
  • The Smart Guy: He knows a lot of what's going on due to following Himeko around. Too bad he can't talk by the time he does.
  • Team Pet: Takes on this role when he's turned into Tsucchi.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Points out to Shirohime that she has strayed from her path of helping humans.

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    Other Witches 

Barahime

An old rival of Kurohime's. Initially, Himeko and Zero seek her out for help breaking Himeko's curse, but they instead get into a fierce fight with her, as Kurohime stole her youth 50 years ago. After her first defeat, she repossesses her original host, Yuuka, and becomes the second member of the Kurohime Punishment Squad.

  • Grand Theft Me: She pulls this on Yuuka two times; the first time was 50 years before the start of the story, after Kurohime steals her youth. The second is so that she can avenge her defeat in the early chapters of the story, but on a far more complete level to the point that she can use Yuuka's body to fire magic bullets.
  • Green Thumb: She has power over plant life and uses it as her magic.
  • Hellish Pupils: Her eyes are slit like a cat's, indicating her malevolence. They carry over to Yuuka's body, too.
  • Hot Witch: Before she was cursed by Kurohime, she was a beautiful witch with with a rose motif. When she fully possesses Yuuka to join the Kurohime Punishment Squad, she gets back to this again.
  • Kick the Dog: Before Kurohime stole her youth, she had no compunctions luring people to her to steal their youth. On top of that, she used Yuuka's body to prepare for her revenge on Kurohime, devouring the youth of anyone that got close to Yuuka for 50 years. And she goes right back to stealing bodies as soon as Sword gives her the chance for revenge against Kurohime, this time actively controlling Yuuka's body completely and possessing child!Zero as a Human Shield during her fight with Himeko.
  • Killed Off for Real: As soon as Himeko gets the chance in their second battle, she literally rips Barahime apart.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name, translated from Japanese, means Rose Princess.
  • Nice Hat: After Kurohime curses her, her true form is a rose-shaped Nice Hat. With teeth.
  • Powered by a Forsaken Child: She used Yuuka's beauty to lure unsuspecting men to her cottage to drain their lifeforce and fuel her immortality.
  • The Rival: To Kurohime, due to a bad enounter they had in the past that resulted in Barahime losing all her stolen youth.
  • Vain Sorceress: Her grudge against Kurohime stems from the fact that Kurohime stole her youth from her.

Yuuka

A young woman that Himeko and Zero run into in the woods. Later on, she and Hime become good friends.
  • Cute Witch: Once she gains magic she falls into this category, having a gentle nature and keeping Barahime's rose motifs.
  • Distressed Damsel: She was held hostage by Barahime for 50 years, and everyone that got near her eventually had their lives stolen away to fuel Barahime's life force. She's subjected to a round 2 after the Punishment Squad is formed, which lasts until Himeko kills Barahime.
  • Green Thumb: Gains plant-based magic because Barahime possessed her for 50 years.
  • Nice Girl: She's polite and kind to everyone she meets.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair is long enough to reach near to the ground, even with some of it bound into long braids.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: She's the blue to Himeko's red; Yuuka is calm, pleasant and gentle to Himeko's brash selfishness and higher energy.
  • Sidekick: She served as Himeko's in the Journey To The Past arc, doubling as The Conscience.
  • Touched by Vorlons: Gains the ability to shoot magic bullets as a result of Barahime's repeated possessions.

Kashihime

The Kyo-Kyo Witch

Himiko

    Yamato Characters 

Kazuma

The son of the shogun of Oedo. Decides to assist Hime and Asura in their quest to free the Spirit Kings after they save him from mermaids. Also in love with Hime.

  • All Love Is Unrequited: He really likes Himeko, but she's attached to Zero too tightly to really consider it.
  • Back from the Dead: After being absorbed by the Black God Tree, Himeko, restored to her full power as Kurohime after destroying Yashahime, revives him.
  • Badass Normal: Pray you are never on the other end of his sword.
  • Big Good: The remains of the forces of Oedo, plus Yuki, Yukio and Asura before she loses it are under his command so he qualifies.
  • The Chew Toy: In short order, he loses his father, his kingdom, and his life to protect everything he cares about.
  • The Chick: He's easily the most awed by the things happening around him, and while he has some fighting ability it doesn't measure up to the rest of the team.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He uses the last of the Spirit King jewels and his lifeforce to save Himeko from Dark Zero and Yashahime.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: He knows he has no chance with Himeko, but does his best to assist her cause.
  • James Bondage: He's first introduced as a captive of a group of mermaids.
  • Power at a Price: The gems he keeps on him drain his lifeforce for their power.
  • Power Dyes Your Hair: The Spirit King Jewels dye his hair white It's closer to Disease Bleach, though, given that he's dying to power the Jewels.
  • Replacement Goldfish: He looks and behaves a lot like Zero. It's implied that should Kurohime lose her final memories of Zero that she could fall for Kazuma.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: When shit hits the fan in Oedo, he and his family fly into action.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To Zero, but he eventually becomes his own character.
  • Warrior Prince: The prince of Oedo, and a skilled fighter and strategist to boot.
  • You Are in Command Now: And he does fairly well, considering the situation.

Kazushi

Himiko, The Village Elder

    God Clan Members 

Shirohime

The goddess of Love and Kindness that bears a remarkable resemblance to Kurohime. She's the "positive" half of the original Kurohime, embodying all of her positive feelings toward humanity.
  • Helpless Good Side: Played with. In terms of magical power, she and Himeko (in her Kurohime form) are roughly even. However, lacking the aggression from her darker half, Himeko, her personality doesn't quite follow through.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: She dies to protect Himeko and Zero once Onimaru (as Tsucchi) reminds her of the true meaning of compassion and determination that she lost when she became a goddess.
  • Literal Split Personality: Of the original Kurohime. She's everything good and positive about the original Kurohime, which is the reason why Himeko initially can't feel anything but negative emotions.

Darkray

The Grim Reaper and High God. Colossal asshole. Thanks to Yashahime's vengeance fetish, Zero takes his place after his death.

  • Artifact of Doom: This is truly what the God Of Death is: a large one-eyed skull shaped core that when placed in someone's soul turns them into the Grim Reaper.
  • Beauty Is Bad: He may be handsome, but hoo, boy, he's as mean as they get. Human shields? Killing his own subordinates to strike at his opponent? Taunting and mocking his enemies as they struggle to defeat him? All in a day's work.
  • Bishounen: Tall, long-haired, and extremely attractive, enough so to attract both Sword and Yashahime.
  • Dark Is Evil: He wears a dark suit, has dark hair, serves as the God of Death, and is a colossal asshole.
  • Dem Bones: Most of his body excluding his head.
  • Dirty Coward: Proves himself as this twice over, first by trying to hold Zero's soul hostage when he fights Kurohime, then begging Yashahime to revive him.
  • Jerkass God: He doesn't give a damn about his subordinates, or anyone in particular beyond himself.
  • Karmic Death: Mocks love. Is ultimately laid low because of someone that states she loves him. Twice. One counts as Hoist by His Own Petard.
  • Kick Them While They Are Down: Uses the souls of the dead and the living as shields, mocks Kurohime and Zero, impales Kurohime, and tells his most loyal follower to her face that her love for him means absolutely nothing to him, after impaling her as well.
  • Killed Off for Real: Yashahime kills him herself when she finds him in the Underworld after his death, finding him pathetic.
  • Lack of Empathy: Again, he doesn't give a good goddamn about anyone but himself, and outright thinks of love as a weakness.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Can make extra arms to hold all of his weapons.
  • Pet the Dog: It seems even Darkray would think twice about leaving someone to Yashahime.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky: He has a very gothic, well-groomed style him and tends to be condescendingly smug when talking to his subordinates and enemies alike.

Sword

The leader of the Death Angels and The Dragon to Darkray. After Zero's death and the subsequent loss of her team to Darkray, she becomes leader of the Kurohime Punishment Squad.

  • Amazon Brigade: The Death Angels are an all-female group, and she's the one in charge of them. They're her closest friends and True Companions. She creates and personally leads a second example of this with the Kurohime Punishment Squad.
  • Anti-Villain: For all that she can be relatively ruthless when she's on the job, she only takes things personally when her comrades are put at risk or when someone interferes in her job. Kurohime doing the latter is what drew her ire, especially because it led to a sequence of events that got all the other Death Angels and Darkray himself killed.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Past!Kurohime turns her into a wolf for a short period of time during the Past arc.
  • Bodyguard Crush: She has one of these on Darkray, and dislikes Shirohime because of how interested he is in her instead of Sword.
  • Broken Bird: Losing her close comrades because of Darkray has left her with both a deep desire for revenge and a broken heart.
  • The Captain: Sword is a capable leader when her emotions don't get the best of her, successfully heading up both the Death Angels and the Kurohime Punishment Squad later on.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: She was very attached to her boss and never liked Shirohime.
  • Dark Action Girl: She's aggressive and confident on the battlefield, and won't hesitate to throw down with anyone in her way, especially Kurohime.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: With the exception of going after Kurohime (who did provoke her) she never seemed interested in doing anything other than her job.
  • Enemy Mine: Has several with Himeko during the Past Arc and the Final Arc, realizing that they have mutual enemies to destroy or defend their loved ones against.
  • Equippable Ally: Because she can literally turn herself into a sword, she can act as this for her teammates.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Effectively works her way into one of these as the manga nears its conclusion. She doesn't "forgive" Himeko per se, but ultimately she quits holding her grudge in such high priority since Kurohime living will help solve the more IMMEDIATE problems at the moment.
  • Love Martyr: To Darkray. She was completely devoted to him, but he didn't give a damn about her.
  • Meaningful Name: Guess what she can turn into. Go on, guess.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Her outfits tend to leave very little to the imagination, and she has a generous bust.
  • Never My Fault: Though Kurohime did interfere with her work, there are certain things (specifically, the death of her teammates) that Kurohime was absolutely not responsible for that she holds a grudge over anyway. Shirohime's apology to Sword during the fight against Darkray implies that this is mostly an outlet for Sword's resentment of Shirohime.
  • Our Angels Are Different: She's a Death Angel, responsible for serving Darkray, that has bat-like wings and can turn into a sword. She later hybridizes herself with the powers of a vampire and a werewolf.
  • Painful Transformation: She gains one as a result of becoming a vampire werewolf. She also has Unstoppable Rage when utilizing the form.
  • Plucky Girl: She, Himeko, and Kurohime are Not So Different in this regard; no matter what they go through, they refuse to ever give up.
  • The Power of Blood: Ingesting blood returns her to full power and her normal appearance once she becomes a vampire.
  • Sleep-Mode Size: After becoming a vampire, she can't maintain her normal size and appearance without blood, and often is found in a Fun Size child form.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: The eyepatch she wears conceals one of these, which is a mark of her vampire/werewolf powers.
  • True Companions: The Death Angels and the Kurohime Punishment Squad are this for her.
  • Turn the Other Cheek: Admits that she will NEVER truly forgive Kurohime for what she has done but decides that if they should somehow meet in another life, they will try to get along.
  • Winged Humanoid: Being a Death Angel, she has bat-like wings that she can use for flight.

The Death Angel Squad

A group of five angels that serve Darkray. Their names are Axe, Mace, Hammer, Dagger and Lance. Their captain was Sword.

  • Absolute Cleavage: Considering they're wearing basically wrought-iron pasties, their chests are on full display.
  • Amazon Brigade: They act as one for Sword and Darkray.
  • Chainmail Bikini: The "clothes" they wear basically only cover their genitals and a small part of their breasts.
  • Cute Monster Girl: They all have wings and wrought-iron claws, just like sword.
  • Dark-Skinned Redhead: They all have the same reddish hair and brown skin color.
  • Fanservice: They're all young women with shapely builds, though Lance and Dagger are both closer to teenagers.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: For Sword, since Darkray kills the entire squad to counter their unwilling involvement in Kurohime's Doppelgänger Spin. They transfer all their life force to Sword so that she can live, and die as a result.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Darkray kills them by impaling them with bones.
  • Living Weapon: Like Sword, they all double as weapons; Darkray uses them when he needs to fight.
  • Meaningful Name: Including Sword, they're named for the weapons they turn into.
  • Our Angels Are Different: They serve the God of Death and are directly referred to as "Death" Angels, after all.
  • Sinister Scythe: Their default melee weapons are wicked-looking scythes.
  • Stripperiffic: Their clothing basically consists of what looks like wrought iron ornaments that cover the literal bare minimum of what would be needed to maintain decency, and nothing else.
  • True Companions: They are this to each other; they never really disagree with each other too much, and their deaths break Sword's heart.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifter: They all have the ability to pull this off, turning into weapons that match their names in addition to having human disguises.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: They don't get much characterization before Darkray kills them.
  • Winged Humanoid: Much like Sword, they also have black bat wings.

Yuki and Yukio

A pair of snow gods from Mt. Oosore who decide to tag along on Himeko's quest.

  • Badass Adorable: Once they've been melted down to child form, they're a little less powerful, but no less dangerous for their reduced size.
  • Beautiful All Along: Yukio—he initially appears to be very yeti-like, but actually looks like a handsome man when using his full power.
  • Broken Bird: O-yuki had a lot of trouble with making friends in the past due to the strength of her powers, and is very bitter about it.
  • Kid-Appeal Character: They're rather enthusiastic for folks of their age bracket but are generally not bratty. Oh, and they kick large amounts of ass.
  • Collector of the Strange: Yuki used to collect bishounen as a hobby. Considering her own previous thoughts to do so, even Himeko comments on how creepy it is.
  • Cute Bruiser: After being melted into their childlike forms; they may not be 'as strong' as they used to be but they're still very dangerous.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Yuki. Aside from a literal case of it when Kurohime melted her, she becomes much more open and kind after realizing how much Yukio means to her, and her to him.
  • Fusion Dance: The two of them can combine to perform some rather impressive snow magic as Yuki or throw houses around as Yukio.
  • Heel–Face Turn: After Himeko helps Yuki notice Yukio's worth, they help her fight off Yashahime.
  • An Ice Person: Being snow gods, they're literally made of snow and ice.
  • Just the Way You Are: It takes Yuki awhile to grasp that Yukio genuinely does love her, iciness and all.
  • Love Makes You Evil: Yukio willingly goes along with Yuki's schemes for Himeko because he loves her. Himeko plays along to preserve his dignity.
  • Love Martyr: Yukio suffered this for a while—he was so devoted to Yuki that he'd do anything she asked of him, even if it meant ighting people that didn't do anything to him.
  • Meaningful Name: Their real names, Yuki-onna and Yuki-otoko, mean "Snow Woman" and "Snow Man," respectively.
  • Older Than They Look: Even before becoming childlike, Yuki and Yukio were many centuries old.
  • Sleep-Mode Size: Their bodies are mostly hard-impacted snow, so after Kurohime melted them using Asura, they take the form of small children. They can Fusion Dance to take on a teenaged form of whoever's in control.

Yashahime

The High Goddess of earth and Darkray's psychotic stalker.

  • All Love Is Unrequited: Unlike everyone else, she hasn't realized it yet.
  • Ax-Crazy: Has to stab herself to keep from killing Himeko outright, and has a savage temper when provoked.
  • Big Bad: Rises to this spot over time, as she most actively aims to destroy the Spirit Kings, kill Himeko, and devour the planet to become a High God.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: These links should tell you ALL you need to know.
  • Complexity Addiction: It's pointed out over and over that Yashahime could kill almost anyone who's appeared in the manga so far. Yet when faced with the prospect of doing just that to Kurohime, she has to devise some sort of scheme and draw it out, which ends with Kurohime either escaping or getting stronger. Amusingly enough, the one time she decides to just kill Kurohime would have ended with her OWN death, if it wasn't for the fact that she just doesn't die.
  • Dark Action Girl: Despite her refined appearance, she is a ferocious and brutal fighter that enjoys making her opponents suffer.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Her primary domain is the earth, and anything related to it.
  • The Dreaded: With the exception of Igudo (who might not HAVE emotions), the other gods and supernatural creatures react with fear when and wherever she shows up. The surviving gods quickly write off her death and move on to another galaxy rather than avenge her.
  • Earth-Shattering Kaboom: Her FINAL death, via Ultimate Sword.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Kurohime and Sword. Like them, she is an incredibly powerful woman empowered by her emotions. While the former is motivated by love of humanity and later Zero, and the latter is motivated by love of Darkray and her companions, Yashahime's real motivations are madness, power-lust, and love of killing.
  • Evil Gloating: She likes to indulge in this a lot, especially when she has Himeko on the back foot.
  • Evil Is Petty: It's usually not petty to want to exact vengeance for the death of one's beloved. However, Yasha could have easily saved Darkray and while the other gods want Kurohime dead for more pragmatic reasons, she rarely gets beyond "Kill Darkray's murderer." Even her reason for killing Darkray is petty.
  • Eviler Than Thou: When the Grim Reaper fears YOU, you are officially a bad bitch.
  • Fangirl: Of the Grim Reaper. No matter WHO he is.
  • Game Face: She looks like a traditional Japanese ogre crossed with a tree when she decides to get serious.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Thanks to the Ultimate Sword. Sadly, it didn't take. The first time, anyway.
  • Hoist by Her Own Petard: She captures Yamatohime in her weakened state and links her powers with her own, becoming the planet itself and beginning to evolve into a High God. Because of this, though, she is now bound to the planet like Yamatohime was, meaning that if the planet goes, so does she. Once Yamatohime sacrifices herself to bring Himeko back to life as Kurohime, Kurohime takes advantage of this bond with the planet and uses the Ultimate Sword to split the ENTIRE PLANET IN HALF, killing Yashahime permanently.
  • Hypocrite: She has:
    • Killed Darkray—whom she claims to be madly in love with—while holding the MacGuffin that would save his life. Why? Seeing his soul in such a wretched state breaks her cool perception of him. Her grudge against Kurohime derives almost entirely from the fact that Kurohime murdered him in the first place.
    • Stabbed herself to keep her from killing Kurohime and then claiming the resulting scar is Kurohime's fault.
    • Claimed that the God of Death isn't supposed to be concerned about anything or anyone, then blushing because he asked if her wounds had healed.
  • Implacable Man: for the sake of her vengeance and spite, she will endure literally anything without stopping; she's very, very bad at staying down for more than a few moments at any given time.
  • It's All About Me: Initially, she comes into the plot because Ghandara was killed. But eventually, her revenge against Kurohime becomes more about satisfying her own desire to kill Kurohime for killing Darkray. Even with The End of the World as We Know It going on, her main motivation is "get enough power to kill Kurohime for killing Darkray."
  • Jerkass Goddess: Yashahime is completely incapable of compassion or mercy. All she cares about is the Death God and her own power.
  • Karmic Death: She wants to become one with the planet. She does. Just in time to get split in half with it.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: Her Weapon of Choice is the White God Tree Sword, which she most often dual wields. She at one point grows two extra arms to quadruple-wield just to screw with Kurohime's head.
  • Kick Them While They Are Down: Tries this and fails against Kurohime. Not that Yasha has given up trying.
  • Kimono Fanservice: Her outfits tend to be very un-conservatively cut kimono.
  • Light Is Not Good: She dresses in all white, but is the most sadistic antagonist in the series by far.
  • Loony Fan: To Darkray, and later Dark Zero. SHE'S the stronger one in both cases.
  • Mad Love: She has this for Darkray, stalking him everywhere and showing a dangerous interest in other women that get near him. After she kills Darkray herself, this transfers over to Zero.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: In her true form, she can grow multiple arms to wield swords with.
  • Never My Fault: She refuses to take responsibility for anything she's directly responsible for, and will deflect blame on Kurohime for everything she can.
  • Noblewoman's Laugh: Whenever she laughs, it's one of these, though sometimes it devolves into just mad laughter in general.
  • Oh, Crap!:When she realizes that, yes, Kurohime really IS going to ''SLICE THE ENTIRE WORLD IN HALF'' and no, she will ''NOT'' be talked out of it.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Is quite pleased when Dark Zero decides to take over the world.
  • One-Winged Angel: She actually has a tree-like appearance.
  • Planet Eater: As one of the Gods of this setting, this is quite literally the reason she exists; she's fueled by power from the earth, and eventually subsumes the whole planet in a bid to become a High God millenia ahead of schedule.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Type C and D. She appears to be saintly and calm on the outside, but this masks a deep psychosis and obsession with power and death.
  • Selective Obliviousness: She seems to be completely incapable of thinking that the Death God is not in love with her despite saying herself that the Death God cares for no one, which would logically include her.
  • Slasher Smile: Often sports wicked, unsetling grins when she's in a really good mood or is ready to cause some real havoc.
  • The Sociopath: She has no empathy for anyone, not even the man she claims to love, and will not hesitate to backstab, murder, or otherwise butcher her wy to her goals.
  • Tempting Fate: Fools! I'm already one with this planet! Ultimate Sword or whatever, there's NO way to kill me!! Guess what happened next?
  • We Can Rule Together: With the Grim Reaper, no matter who it is. NEITHER of them are interested.
  • When Trees Attack: Her true form is effectively a living tree person.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: She has white hair and at first seems like a really angry Anti-Villain before revealing herself to be the most evil creature in the manga.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Believes herself to be a Broken Bird trying to avenge her beloved's death. No, Yasha, the woman you're thinking of is Sword. Also, she assumed that Dark Zero MUST want to be a High God and rule the heavens with her. After all, why else would he just destroy the world? Because he hates the world and really DOES want nothing more than to watch it burn.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: She looks the part with the kimono and katana and sometimes even acts the part with a polite and calm demeanor, but she's actually a cruel and jealous bitch.
  • Yandere: Not necessarily a most triumphant example, but very much textbook; she would have murdered Sword just because Sword was standing next to Darkray when he turned down Yashahime's offer to spend time together.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: When Zero finally expels the Shinigami from his body, Yashahime turns on him. Since she's YASHAHIME, no one's shocked.

    Kurohime Punishment Squad 

A group that's gathered up to enact punishment against Kurohime for wrongs she dealt them in the past. Their leader is Sword, former head of the Death Angel Squad.

Ouka

A member of the Kurohime Punishment Squad. She desires to take Kurohime's place as the world's most powerful witch.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Past!Kurohime turns her into a kimono for a brief time, after defeating her in a magical gun duel.
  • Broken Bird: Due to the loss of her father as a child, Ouka is cold and standoffish, even to her allies, and is the person that is the most opposed to letting go of her grudge against Kurohime.
  • Cold Sniper: Can shoot with a level of precision that Himeko flatly admits she can't match. It impresses past!Kurohime as well.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Ouka appears during the first arc before being introduced in the second. When Shirohime explains Kurohime's motivations, Ouka is shown attempting to stab and kill Kurohime for killing her father, and it's implied that Kurohime recognized Ouka's Orphan Ordeal due to her own Dark and Troubled Past.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: In the final chapter, the souls in the Black God Tree are all purified and resurrected, including Ouka's father.
  • Forgiveness: She ultimately decides to forgive Kurohime for killing her father, though only after realizing the karmic burden that Kurohime is shouldering by way of how she's trying to unite the world as well as Korohime's own immense self-hatred.
  • The Gunslinger: A skilled sniper, witch and generally capable of handling other guns.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Ouka eventually gives up on her grudge against Kurohime after teaming up with her and Sword to kill the goddess Venus. As Ouka sees it, nothing they could do to Kurohime could be worse than what she's already suffering through.
  • Hot Witch: She's able to create and use magic bullets, and is an attractive young woman.
  • Stable Time Loop: When Ouka tries to save her father from dying in the past, he attacks her, mistaking her for an enemy, and her witch-beast kills him in her defense. In front of her younger self's eyes.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her hair is literally blue with dark tips.
  • You Killed My Father: To Kurohime. The second time around, Ouka's witch-beast does it instead when her father attacks her, mistaking her for an enemy. It's implied by the narration that this is a result of his death being fated and predetermined.

Saika and Aika

Two lovers who are the final members of the Kurohime Punishment Squad. Saika was once an accomplice of Onimaru.

  • Bishounen: Saika is portrayed this way, and has women swooning over him with his good looks.
  • Butt-Monkey: Saika has been subjected to a number of humiliations over the course of the series; Kurohime defeats him handily, and then Aika castrates him because he's been cheating on her with other women.]]
  • The Casanova: Saika has a well-earned reputation as a playboy, and often gets the attention of women wherever he goes. Unfortunately, he forgot his girlfriend is a Clingy Jealous Girl.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Despite knowing Saika wasn't genuinely interested in Kurohime, Aika castrates him and joins the Squad to kill Kurohime.
  • Disabled Love Interest: Aika is blind. She was often accosted and attacked because of it, but compensated with her magic power. Saika counts this as a plus since she will love him even as he grows old, unlike most of the other women that he's attracted.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: At first glance, it's easy to mistake Saika for a woman.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Saika appears in the early chapters as an accomplice of Onimaru. No one took him seriously then either.
  • Groin Attack: As a result of his cavorting with Kurohime (nothing happened) and her jealous nature, Aika takes Saika's "most precious thing" from him, and won't return it until Kurohime is killed.
  • Handicapped Badass: Aika. Being blind doesn't affect the fact that she's perfectly capable of taking care of herself in a fight.
  • Hot Witch: Aika can fire magic bullets.
  • Love Redeems: Ultimately, Saika becomes a better person by sincerely falling in love with Aika. For a given value of better, anyway.
  • One-Winged Angel: Apparently all Death Gods must be male, as the Mate Clan decides to turn Saika into a Shinigami in the Past Arc. Kurohime and co. manage to turn him back though.
  • Tsundere: Aika is normally rather polite and well-behaved. However, she won't tolerate any cheating and her response to the "other woman" is to kill her.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Saika disappears from the series after the failed attempt to turn him into a Death God.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Saika has a tendency to dip into this by flirting with other women. This didn't sit well with Aika, so she made sure he learned his lesson. Well.
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    Past Arc Characters 

Rei

A young, angry boy from the past. Zero's older twin brother.

  • Defrosting Ice King: Spends most of the Journey To The Past arc warming up to Hime. Then falling for her.
  • Determinator: He's willing to put up with a huge amount of abuse for his goal: Killing Doc.
  • Disney Death: Rei kills himself when he realizes that Zero was trying to get him to run away, not abandon him, during an invansion. Zero has Hime resurrect him so that he can sacrifice his body and soul to keep the shinigami from possessing the barely living Rei again.
  • Driven to Suicide: Believing that Redemption Equals Death, he tries to kill himself as penance for killing Zero.
  • Freudian Excuse: Saw his mother die at an early age and swore he would have his vengeance. Is angry and bitter as a result.
  • Half-Identical Twins: With Zero, which helps sell the Twin Switch a lot more effectively once it happens.
  • Hidden Depths: He seems like just a grouchy kid, but he has a surprisingly cynical worldview and obscene amounts of hatred in his heart.
  • Jerkass Woobie: He's a gigantic brat and a general pain in the ass, but it's clear that this is the product of his rough life, his mother's death, and Doc's abuse.
  • Love Epiphany: He falls in love with Hime over the course of the Past Arc, despite his resistance to her at first.
  • Love Hurts: And though the two of them get their happy ending, it takes a lot of fighting and misunderstanding for them to reach that point, all of it kicked off by the fact that Himeko was forced to abandon Rei at the end of the Past Arc.
  • Meaningful Name: "Rei," which means "soul." However, Rei can also mean "zero", which is a nice bit of foreshadowing.
  • My Sibling Will Live Through Me: He chooses to honor Zero's memory by taking on his name and personality.
  • Older Than He Looks: Rei is actually older than Zero, but all of the psychological trauma he's been through stunted his growth.
  • Please Don't Leave Me: He begs his mother's revived soul to stay with him and Zero, but instead, she flings herself into a chasm so that he and Zero don't have to see the Death Angel squad tear her body apart. Later, when Hime returns to bring him his iconic scarf, he begs her to stay with him, but she sadly declines, given that she was only able allowed to travel back in time one last time. He brings it up the next time he sees her.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Realizes that past!Zero, in the last moments of his life, was trying to direct Rei from danger, not ask for his help. He then shoots himself through the stomach when he realizes he left his younger brother to die for no reason.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: A piece of the Mate Clan's artificial Death God attached itself to his body. His anger eventually released it not just once, but twice, and both times someone he loved (first, his mother's revived soul, then Zero's) had to die in his place in order to make sure that Rei didn't destroy the world right then and there.
  • Take Up My Sword: To honor his brother's death and all he stood for, Rei resolves to become the new Zero.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Whoo, boy, Rei's been through it. Dead mother, abuse from his foster father, indirectly getting his mother killed again, lost his brother via Heroic Sacrifice directly because of his recklessness and rage, and being unwillingly abandoned for over 10 years by the girl he fell in love with...
  • Troubled, but Cute: Even as a child, he's fairly cute, but he's dealing with a lot of emotional baggage.
  • Twin Switch: What effectively happens when Rei decides to take up Zero's name.
  • You Killed My Father: Killing Doc is the only thing that keeps him going.

Doc

Zero and Rei's foster father, after their mother died. The greedy leader of the Wolf Brigade.

  • The Atoner: After he is killed, he becomes Kandata, the ferryman of the Styx, to try and figure out why Rei spared him. In the process, he makes up for his misdeeds by helping out Himeko and the others, not only by giving Zero the means to rescue Kurohime from the Sanzu River, but also by turning back time to let Himeko get a second shot at saving Rei and saving almost all the humans Himeko met on her journeys in the present day.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Made an ark out of his and the Sea Dragon's bones to help save the last living humans.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Every time Kandata appears prior to Doc's introduction in the Past arc, we're seeing Doc.
  • Greed: His motive for just about everything he does. If it makes him money or gets him power, he's on it.
  • Karmic Death: He is killed by one of his foster sons for being a monstrous father. No, not Rei. Raida.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After death, it finally hits him how horrible a person he was, especially when Rei admits to him (as Kandata) that as horrible as Doc was, there was still something likable in him.
  • The Power of Love: Himeko cites this as the reason why Rei spared him. Even as horrible as he was, he was still counted as a father figure to Rei, if only because Rei and Zero never KNEW their REAL father. Yup, Doc won simply by default.
  • Redemption Earns Life:He's revived after Yashahime is defeated, via the White God Tree.

Raida

A member of the Wolf Brigade alongside Doc, Rei and Zero.

  • Badass Normal: He has no powers, just natural strength and his gun-hammer, but still manages to kick incredible amounts of ass when he fights.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Acts as one of these to Rei and Zero.
  • Eyepatch of Power: When he reappears in the present-day.
  • The Gunslinger: He uses regular guns in addition to his gunhammer.
  • In the Hood: He's wearing a hood when he leaves Doc and the Wolf Brigade behind.
  • Mr. Fanservice: He's tall, muscular, and wears an outfit that shows off those attributes well. Ten years later, he's grizzled, with a beard and missing an eye, but still hot.
  • The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: Doc is short and generally unattrative. Raida is tall, well-built, and handsome.

    The Spirit Kings 
The four kings of spirits. By enslaving them and harnessing their powers, the gods became all powerful. They are Yamatohime, Genbu, Byakko and Seiryuu.

General tropes

  • Benevolent Boss: All of the Spirit Kings react favorably to Asura, another younger spirit, and her forthright nature.
  • BFG: As they join their powers into Senryuu, it gets even BIGGER.
  • Elemental Powers: Each King is associated with a different element: fire and life for Yamatohime, water, ice, and mist for Genbu, earth and metals for Byakko, and wind space, and time for Seiryuu.
  • Humans Are Bastards: The humans corrupting the land and polluting it hurts the Spirit Kings like hell, and they all dislike humans because of it save perhaps Yamatohime.
  • Life Energy: Collectively, they are the world's life energy, especially Yamatohime. If she dies or is subsumed, the planet goes with her.
  • King in the Mountain: Literally in two cases (Yamatohime and Byakko are both sealed inside of mountains), and one where he kind of is the mountain (Genbu).
  • Pet the Dog: All four eventually come to Himeko's aid in different ways, acknowledging the depth of her feelings for Zero and wanting to support her, sometimes even before they realize what she's up to. Genbu actually doubles his moment by also helping out for the sake of Asura.
  • Sealed Good in a Can: All four Kings serve as this to the planet at large, as their lives sustain it.
  • Secret Test of Character: They each put Himeko through one of these in order to test if she's worthy of taking their power. She passes all of them.

Yamatohime

  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Yamatohime. Though she's chained up, the spirit the gods are the most afraid of escaping is Yamatohime, and it seems everyone on her side defers to her.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Yamatohime gives the last of her power and life to resurrect Kurohime for the last time, since at that point Yashahime had succeeded in taking over the planet and there was nothing to be gained by holding onto it anymore.
  • The Phoenix: Yamatohime's motif, due to being associated with both fire and life.
  • Playing with Fire: Yamatohime's associated element is flame.
  • Sleep-Mode Size: As a result of sealing her powers even further and Yashahime's encroachment on the planet, Yamatohime shrinks into a child-like form.

Genbu

  • Badass Beard: Genbu's spirit form sports a long, white Wizard Beard.
  • Grumpy Old Man: Genbu's personality, due to the fickleness of humans and his general distrust of them.
  • An Ice Person: When Kurohime manifests Genbu in Senryuu, she shoots ice dragons.
  • Instant Armor: Genbu's bullets can also be used to manifest thick, scaled armor. Not even Yashahime can pierce his shell.
  • Making a Splash: Genbu has control over water in all its form, including regular water and mist.
  • Turtle Island: Genbu is very literally an island-sized turtle.

Byakko

  • Bishounen: Byakko's spiritual form is a tall, fit, and well-muscled man.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Byakko grants control over earth, but especially powerful steel, once he's incarnated into Senryuu.
  • Panthera Awesome: Byakko's chosen physical form is a tiger.
  • This Is a Drill: When Kurohime manifests Byakko in Senryuu, she shoots drill bullets.

Seiryuu

  • Blow You Away: Seiryuu's control over the wind amounts to this. Actually, from what he says, his power, Time Stands Still, also encompasses void.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Seiryuu's oddly goofy for a fountain of wind power, speaking relatively casually and otherwise acting very unlike a deity.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: The Sea Dragon that allows time travel is the physical incarnation of Seiryuu.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: The Sea Dragon that he first appears as is more like a giant whale than a dragon.
  • Power Gives You Wings: Seiryuu sports a pair on his spirtual form as the miniaturized Sea Dragon.
  • Sleep-Mode Size: His spirit body is way smaller than his physical form as the Sea Dragon.
  • Time Stands Still: This is how Seiryuu uses wind and air, which explains his powers as the Sea Dragon; by stilling it, he stops time, and can in fact reverse time by reversing the flow of air.


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